Friday, December 16, 2005
Good Bye Howard definitly a man that pushed the envelope. I enjoyed the earlier shows were excellent, especialy all the Fun with Jessica Hahn. Although after the FCC stomped on ya they lost some of their flair. You were still some of the best Radio on the Air and definitly the best comedy. It is a great loss to all of us that just won't spend the money for pay radio. Good Bye Howard and good luck.
Howard Stern Bids Farewell to His Fans
By LARRY McSHANEAssociated Press WriterDec 16 7:25 AM US/Eastern
NEW YORK - The free ride for Howard Stern fans ends Friday. Stern, a New York radio fixture for 20 years and host of a syndicated show for 12 million daily listeners, bid farewell to his fans with a final show on terrestrial radio. On Jan. 9, Stern makes his move to satellite radio _ where his once-free speech will cost listeners $12.95 a month. "Good morning, and welcome to the last show on terrestrial radio," Stern said to launch his grand finale. The sound of "Taps" played in the background.
The show opened with a Stern-centric remake of the classic "What A Wonderful World," and John Lennon's "Imagine."
Stern later planned a two-hour midtown Manhattan party to say goodbye to any loyal listeners who turned up _ and scores already had, despite a driving rainstorm. Stern planned to deliver an address to his radio fans, finishing up a quarter-century on terrestrial radio as arguably its most influential figure.
Stern leaves behind a plethora of imitators spawned in the wake of his success, when his show enjoyed an unprecedented ratings run to hit No. 1 in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Los Angeles.
His move to Sirius Satellite Radio, while somewhat risky, comes with a huge financial reward: Stern signed a five-year, $500 million contract to create two new channels for Sirius. The salaries, overhead and other programming costs come out of his windfall.
During his career, Stern evolved into the center of attention in First Amendment issues and censorship. Infinity Broadcasting paid $1.7 million in 1995 to settle complaints by the Federal Communications Commission against Stern. In April 2004, Clear Channel dumped Stern from six stations because of his show's content.
Sirius is depending on Stern to reverse its money-losing ways. Since the 51-year-old shock jock announced his move last year, the number of Sirius subscribers jumped from 600,000 to more than 2.2 million. That figure is expected to hit 3 million by the end of the year.